Volunteer FAQ

Our Volunteer FAQs

If you need answers to your queries, please free to contact us and a member of our team will get back to you with a reply. We have provided answers to some of the more common questions below.

Make-A-Wish has more than 200 volunteers across Ireland with diverse backgrounds, skills, and experience. To become a volunteer, you simply need to be 21 years or older, and to be an event helper you need to be 16 years and over.

There are several short-term and long-term volunteering roles available. Click here to see available roles.

Please email volunteer@makeawish.ie to express interest in volunteering or click here for more details. You will then be required to fill out an application form. If your application is successful you will be required to complete a phone interview, Garda vetting, online child protection training and formal training. Make-A-Wish Ireland reserve the right to reject volunteer applications at any stage during this process. 

Event planning, experience of working with children, fundraising, creative design, project management, budget keeping, previous volunteer, strong local contacts and computer skills. These are all desirable skills but are not a necessity. 

Due to the nature of the work we do, there is no standard time. On average, our volunteers would be involved in 2 to 3 wishes per year. Depending on the nature of the wish would determine how much of a time commitment is required. Community Volunteers are also expected to volunteer on Wish Day and particpate in one fundraising event a year.

All Make-A-Wish ‘Community Volunteers’ must complete Garda vetting prior to becoming a volunteer. You will also be asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Fundraising or one-off volunteer do not need to adhere to Garda vetting.

No! We have plenty of short term volunteering options available. Click here to view our Fundraising page. As we receive no government funding, we rely solely on donations and fundraisers held by volunteers.

Formal training is mandatory for all Community volunteers. You may not attend a wish visit until this training is completed. This training typically lasts 2 hours and is facilitated by our Volunteer Coordinator or a Lead Volunteer in your area.